Dunleavy impressed by Bulls' pitch
Bulls free-agent addition Mike Dunleavy told the Racine Journal Times he heard from at least a dozen suitors on the first day of free-agency, but quickly settled on the Bulls after personal phone calls from coach Tom Thibodeau and GM Gar Forman.
“I was very flattered by all the interest,” Dunleavy said. “There was a lot of interest; it was well into the double digits. I had some good opportunities, but Chicago blew me out of the water.
“I don’t think it’s fair to say it was one thing that determined my choice; it was just the entire package they presented me. There was high interest from them right off the bat. I knew they wanted me and that meant a lot. I couldn’t envision a better situation.”
Dunleavy, who turns 33 in September, agreed to a two-year deal worth roughly $6 million. He’s expected to bring better 3-point shooting to the Bulls. Last season in Milwaukee, Dunleavy averaged 10.5 points and shot 42.8 percent from 3-point range.
The 6-foot-9 forward played the past two years with the Bucks after spending 4 ½ seasons in both Golden State and Indiana. He’s made the playoffs just twice in 11 NBA seasons, so joining a contender was probably a prime consideration.
“I am so appreciative for the opportunity the Bucks gave me,” Dunleavy added. “I wish them nothing but the best. I hope they do well except the four times they play the Bulls.”
Dunleavy and other NBA free agents can officially sign on July 10. He’ll probably stop in Chicago then.